Catholic Prayer Bible-NRSV-Lectio Divina Paperback – Apr 1 2010
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The Bible does give us some insite into what the reader should get out of the reading. Well worth the purchase.
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I am also excited that it offered a different translation than ones I am generally exposed to as a Catholic.
I have plenty of Study Bibles. This is an outstanding prayer Bible--exactly what I expect from the Paulists.
The thing I do not like about the book are the physical pages. They are extremely thin--so much so that the words from the page on the reverse AND the opposite page bleed through. It is nearly impossible to read as a result. I have taken to looking at the "Reflect, Pray, Act" section, and then reading the Bible texts in another one of my Bibles.
I would advise buyers to maybe look at the book in the bookstore first to see if the pages are as distracting to them as they are to me. I kept my copy rather than sending it back, though, because of reflections offered are nothing short of inspiring.
I would have paid the same amount if the Paulist Press had developed a book of the reflections as a separate text as well. Maybe they still will.
I had been watching this ever since it was announced. I was waiting for the time when I could afford another Bible. I enrolled in a Bible study that fit my schedule this Lent, and decided to start with a new Bible, too.
There are differences between a study Bible and a lectio divina Bible, which I did not understand. Study Bibles have all sorts of footnotes and cross references. They have extra reference material in the back. A lectio divina Bible is made for quiet reading, AFTER previous study of what you are reading. Intellectual part first; contemplative part second. So a lectio divina Bible did not work too well for my Bible study, and I had to dig out my old tattered New American Bible for the study. It worked out well.
This Bible offers suggestions for lectio divina in the margins. But after reading Casey's book, I suspect that any Bible would do for lectio divina. It really is a matter of what readings attract you, and draw you into contemplation. This Bible may do it, but so may other programs, or none at all. Read Casey, or similar, if you are interested in lectio divina. If you don't have money for both, buy Casey's book, and use the Bible you already have.
Casey's book was awesome. Now I just have to start lectio divina on a regular basis.
One last note: this Bible is printed on very thin paper, which is nice. It won't, however, stand up on a bookshelf by itself, and probably won't work well with a cover. It is fairly floppy. For a bedside book, that shouldn't be a problem. For a more active Bible, it may present difficulties.